So here I am. More than a year later, after pouring my soul into the pursuit of higher academic study, I’ve realized that a PhD just isn’t going to be for me. There was the big cross-country move that took place this summer and whose plans were put in motion almost a year ago. That … Continue reading PhD – not for me
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Howard Thurman I’ve spent so much time with my nose to the grindstone on many fronts — researching and understanding my own health problems (now mostly resolved), furthering … Continue reading Do what makes you come alive
Here’s a little known fact about me: I’ve been ordained as a Buddhist nun. Shocking, I know, but its true! It was way back in 1995. I spent two weeks in Sri Lanka, on an expedition led by my friend, Bhante Wimala, a Sri Lankan native, who has been a Buddhist monk since the age … Continue reading Finding Zen in the Every Day
That’s the next big question. If I’m going to pursue a PhD, where would I do it? Obviously it’s got to be a program that allows a multi-disciplinary track, and one that I can pretty much design myself. It also has to be close to home, since I can’t really uproot my family in … Continue reading Where do I fit in?
So what is it that I want to study, if I do go back for a PhD? Well I’m still interested in Anthropology and more precisely, Food Anthropology. I’m interested in how food plays an integral part of daily culture and how even those foods that might be bad for us (e.g. bread!) are held … Continue reading Is there a nexus where Anthropology, Epidemiology and Microbiology meet?
Of course, it isn’t that simple. I’m no longer in my 20’s… er 30’s. I’m 41. Is it too late to go back for a PhD? Some people would say its never too late for anything. But on the other hand, should I really be spending my children’s college tuition money? Of course, it depends … Continue reading To do a PhD or not?
I have an MSc in Ethnobotany, which is a hybrid degree in Anthropology (the study of human culture) and Botany (the study of plants). I have always been fascinated by the endless ways that plants are incorporated into every day life, and mostly their medicinal uses. I read The Shaman’s Apprentice before I went for my Master’s … Continue reading Hi. I’m Heather.